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Old 09-16-2008, 10:52 PM   #51
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Well his definition of drug might be a bit loose.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:34 AM   #52
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I've used MSG for many, many years and I am still relitively healthy, I never had any ill effects from it.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:45 AM   #53
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Well his definition of drug might be a bit loose.
Based on how it works, I agree with him. It causes the nerves in your taste buds to fire. Sounds like drug to me.
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:19 AM   #54
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Based on how it works, I agree with him. It causes the nerves in your taste buds to fire. Sounds like drug to me.
That is a unique way to classify what is or is not a drug. MSG stimulates the taste perception Umami (the 5th taste sensation) through G-protein coupled receptors. So, if you are going to use that as the criteria for what is a drug there are a few problems since Sweet and Bitter are also tastes that are perceived through the GPCRs. Oh, Salty and Sour are perceived through ion channels.

MSG, sodium chloride (salt) and potassium chloride (used as a substitute for salt in sodium restricted diets) are use for their "flavor enhancing" properties.

But, they are also used as drugs ... MSG is added to IV solutions in treating some forms of encephalopathy (degeneration of brain function primarily secondary to advanced liver disease - hepatic encephalopathy) - and sodium and potassium chlorides are used in treading some cardiac problems - or any other electrolyte disturbances.

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I believe some people can be sensative to too much MSG - just like some people can't handle too large of a dose of capsaicin.

I do not know of any properties of MSG that would act as a meat tenderizing agent. The fact that Accent is located next to the meat tenderizers, like Adolph's meat tenderizer, doesn't mean any more than the fact that both are usually located with the salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices. My dad uses to use both Accent and Adolph/s on steaks - I doubt he would have done that if one would have accomplished both functions.
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:14 AM   #55
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After reading some of the links posted, it does not appear to be a tenderizer, but I certainly perceived it to be one. My bad
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:39 AM   #56
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We avoid it because we are sensitive to it. It's actually very prevalent in most processed foods... which is why we avoid processed and fast foods. It's considered and excitotoxin.... it can cause heart arrhythmia in otherwise healthy people. If a person can avoid it, why not? If food is well prepared, you don't need any excitotoxins to make it taste better. Let your food taste good on its own merits.

Here's a link to info about MSG's potential danger: MSG: If it's Safe, Why do They Disguise it on Labels? 4/26/05
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:18 AM   #57
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Here's a link to info about MSG's potential danger: MSG: If it's Safe, Why do They Disguise it on Labels? 4/26/05
Thanks for that link. It proves, AT LEAST FOR ME, it can't be that bad for you unless you are highly sensitive. I know I've consumed a lot of

  • Canned tuna
  • Hot dogs
  • Soy sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
and been just fine all my life.
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:28 AM   #58
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I don't think that site "proves" anything. It is just an opinion, not proof.
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:30 AM   #59
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I'm also sensitive to the saltpeter they use in corned beef - it gives me migraines. The trouble is I love corned beef, but I can not longer eat it unless I make it myself.
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Sorry, GB's but that's not true. I was addressing specific advertising and my Ac'cent does list two ingredients. As I said, it's at the other house so I can't tell you what it is right now, but I will by the weekend.
I wrote to the company that makes Ac'cent and asked
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I see that Ac'cent only lists MSG on the ingredient list. Has it
ever contained anything else?
Here is the response I received

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The only ingredient in Accent is Monosodium Glutamate.
It's a flavor enhancer consisting of crystals of monosodium glutamate
It has never contained any other ingredients.
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